Technically I’m still at work today, so the week-long cabinetry-cation will only commence when I get home. But we took some time to hang the first two cabinets earlier this week (see picture to the right), and I’ve been riding a bit of a high off that ever since.
Since starting off my cabinetry making adventures with a bang three months ago, I’ve really slowed down the process of making the cabinets. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still really enjoying building the cabinets – it was just a matter of logistics.
I’ve been adamant since the beginning that I wanted the flooring to extend under all the cabinetry, so we really had to wait until the flooring was in (at least in the kitchen) to start installing the cabinets. After some initial delays with getting the flooring (and delays figuring out how we were going to install it!), that’s now been ongoing for the last few weeks and progress has been made. Mr PoP and I grouted the areas where the cabinets will sit (and a little beyond) last weekend.
So while all the flooring has been in progress, we’ve really been tight on space to “temporarily” store cabinetry. How tight, you ask?
Well, our garage still looks like this (instead of what it should look like after we pimped our garage in 2013), so is out of the running when it comes to storing much of anything, even on a temporary basis.
Trust me, the pile of wood is actually smaller than it was in the beginning.
And though we actually have a large covered patio extending off the back of the little house (see the diagram at the link to see how big the covered patio really is), which normally would have more than enough space to store a whole kitchen full of cabinets and then some, it’s been a bit tight.
Sunny is taking up a good 40% of the covered patio.
Storing a car on the back patio is oh-so-classy, we know. (Hence why we put up the lattice and keep her covered to reduce the eyesore for the neighbors.) Getting her up and running is the next priority when we finish the kitchen.
Then we’ve also got our normal patio furniture (a large table and chairs that seat 6 comfortably), a bunch of cabinetry in different stages of completion (some of which we’ve actually been using to store our pots and pans), and on days when we needed the floor cleared to work on it, pretty much all of our living room furniture comes out here too! Last weekend the oven was outside, too… Luckily we have managed to keep the fridge indoors all the time so far.
Given the time of year it has been up until a couple of days ago – summer, which is when there’s a pretty good chance that it’ll rain (and by rain I mean it could go from partly cloudy to torrential downpour in the blink of an eye) on any given afternoon, it’s pretty important that all of these items be crammed into the portion of our patio that has a roof over it.
I’m actually so ashamed of how hoarder-ish it looks on those days that I’ve never actually taken a picture of it when it’s chock full. But you can use your imagination and think of a covered patio that houses:
- a large yellow classic Mercedes Benz sedan
- a large patio table and 6 chairs
- a miracle berry bush and a few other potted plants over in the corner
- a large coffee table
- an oven
- a small kitchen table holding a microwave, blender and silverware (the bulk of our “kitchen” lately)
- a big cushy couch and matching “fat chair”
- about 8 pieces of cabinetry (a couple quite large) in various states of completion and assorted finishing supplies piled up (primer, sander, sandpaper, varnish, etc
- miscellaneous other construction supplies and indoor furnishings
There’s been more out there at times, I’m sure… Whenever we can’t find something lately, the patio has been added to the list of places to check. I swear we don’t aspire to be on an episode of hoarders. =P
I’ve got high hopes for the next week that I can get the pieces that I have basically ready for installation (and hopefully get them installed soon with Mr PoP’s help) and really clear out some space before tackling the remaining pieces. And maybe we’ll look a little less hoarder-ish on our back patio if I can make some solid progress.
It also doesn’t hurt that the weather and tide forecast for the week looks fabulous. Morning beach-runs with low tides and spending my days playing with cabinetry… it’s going to be a fabulous week.
What are you happy about this Friday?